I LOVE this comic. Great to have it coming back.
It has been described as “the comic book event of 2016” by the leading trade journal, Previews. Yet there are no spandex-wrapped super soldiers in Vol IV No 1 of Love and Rockets, dated July 2016, though actually on sale 28 September. Instead, the comic, returning to newsstands on its 35th anniversary, continues its long-running, critically acclaimed stories of ageing southern Californian punks and bizarre central American villagers.
Rolling Stone ranked Love and Rockets as the greatest non-superhero graphic novel of all time, likening it to the Clash, REM and Run-DMC. Time magazine, meanwhile, included its creators, the Latino-American brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, in its top 100 21st century innovators.
Jaime and Gilbert (third co-founder Mario Hernandez ceased involvement some years ago) have written and drawn the strips since 1981, though the title, like the brothers’ tales, has altered a bit over time. Love and Rockets went on hiatus towards the end of the 90s, and has switched formats, spending the last few years as a 100-page annual. Now it returns as a semi-regular, magazine-sized 8 ½” x 10 ¾” comic, the very dimensions as the Hernandez brothers first favoured when they launched the title, using a $700 loan from their little brother.
Love and Rockets rides again: 'we influenced a whole lot of cartoonists'